S3 E-Type

Engine Reassembly II

by Dave Lacey

With the major components all refitted, setting timing is straightforward, as most parts have been 'pre-timed' anyway. Then it's time to release the tensioner; the photo below is a view thru the access hole in the front of the timing cover - you can see the round-ended slot which needs to be twisted with a screwdriver to unlatch the tensioner:


There's a rubber plug to blank that access hole once the operation is completed. Then it's time to grease the cam for start-up and fit the cam covers:


The cam covers got a clean and some new Jaguar stickers...


I hadnt separated the exhaust manifolds from the old downpipe earlier, and now I found that a PO had used construction quantities of exhaust putty to seal the downpipe to the manifold ... It was stuck solid and required some serious heat to shift: Thats the type of gas burner that normally has a large wok on top of it...it can certainly dump a lot of heat into that cast iron:


Most of the studs sheared-off, but I had a replacement set ready to fit (this time they'll be copperslipped nicely). Once i got it apart I could fit the exhaust manifolds followed by the inlet manifolds (still with carbs attached):



The carbs look a bit crusty here, i did rebuild them later....


So, here it is waiting for the gearbox, nearly ready to go back in:

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